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SEDOS CHRISTMAS PARTY

It’s been another cracker of a year. Come celebrate Christmas with us as an excuse for a big ol’ catch up. Come before 8pm and get a glass of fizz, plus, there wil also be nibbles!! What's not to like?

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A SUGGESTION

Tis the season to be festive! And the best bit of Christmas is the sheer unpredictability: what will Santa bring? Who will be the most drunk at the office party? Which family members will have the biggest argument? So Christmas is one big improv?! Well knock me over with a bauble!

Come prepare for the second biggest Christmas event of the year with the biggest improv event of the year: The Simprov Christmas show! Join the Simprov Collective and Drop-In Sessions as they toast their way through a Christmas show full of festive cheer and (byo) beer!

And since we’re in BHG, the overpowered heating system means there won’t be a red nose in sight.

When: Wednesday 12 December
Where: Brewers Hall Gardens
What time: 7.30-9.30pm

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42nd STREET TAP WORKSHOP

We're delighted to announce a two hour tap workshop with Martin McCarthy, the Dance Captain/Swing on the current West End production of 42nd Street The Musical, on Friday 11 January.

Places are limited to just 20 tappers, so book early to avoid disappointment! This fantastic dance class costs £10 for Sedos Members and £15 for non-members and takes place at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, 1 Nutford Place, W1H 5YZ

BOOK NOW

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FRANKENSTEIN WINS NATIONAL PROGRAMME AWARD

Great news from the recent NODA AGM. Sedos was a winner in September 2018's National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) AGM! Our 2017 production of Frankenstein won the national award for standard class programmes. Congratulations to Pippa Kyle and Stephen Beeny, who designed the programme, and the whole Frankenstein team.

Andrew Rogers, NODA London regional councillor, collects the award from NODA president Jacquie Stedman on behalf of Sedos

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SIMPROV COLLECTIVE CAST

Our new group is up and running. The Simprov Collective, which will perform outside Sedos and at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as at our showcases, has now been cast. Congrats to the following performers:

Laura Capaldi
Jess Rogers
Chris Warner
Alex Magliaro
Sam Pearce
James Stone
Jonathan Scott
Becky Channon

The Simprov Collectivewill rehearse separately to the regular Friday night Simprov drop in sessions and will be taking an improv show up to the Edinburgh Fringei 2019, They also plan to do gigs outside of Sedos as well as performing in the Sedos showcase alongside the drop in group.

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2019 SEDOS SEASON ANNOUNCED

We're delighted to announce the 2019 Sedos Season of four musicals, three plays and a brand new movement piece.

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for the launch of the 2019 Sedos Season, which features eight shows: four musicals, three plays and a brand new movement piece, as well as an enticing mix of social events and workshops.

The main season runs from 22 January to 30 November 2019 and takes place at the Bridewell Theatre, where Sedos are resident. We are also delighted to be taking Sedos on tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with our improvisation group Simprov.

We were thrilled by the excitement in the room as we revealed the season and were delighted that the mix of productions caused a palatable buzz.

An ambitious production of Brecht’s full length play, Baal, kicks off the 2019 Sedos Season in January, which is followed by an immersive production of the chamber musical Next Thing You Know, by Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham, in April. Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance follows on April, before Sedos brings the classic Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, by Frank Loesser, home to heart of London’s business district in May.

To co-incide with the LGBTQ+ celebrations for Pride in London in July, we are presenting British musical Soho Cinders, a modern adaptation of the Cinderella story. This is followed in September by the romantic comedy Arms and the Man, the company’s first production of a play by Bernard Shaw.

We are very proud to present a brand new devised movement piece, based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, called Dangerous Liaisons, with choreography by Sedos members Kimberly Barker & Thomas Leonard. The 2019 season concludes with a production of the controversial British musical Jerry Springer – The Opera, by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas.

Auditions for the first productions of the year will be taking place very soon, and we'll be announcing audition dates for the entire season shortly. Some of the shows are still looking for people to join their production teams, so do let us know if you'd like to get involved -email production@sedos.co.uk



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SEDOS WINS NODA AWARD

We have great pleasure in announcing that Sedos is the winner of the Whitebread Trophy award for Programme Design (Standard Class) for Frankenstein. Huge congratulations to Pippa Kyle and Stephen Beeny, who created the award-winning programme.

The 16 page, large format square programme featured photography by David Ovenden, an interesting article by Frankenstein's director Matt Gould, cast and creative team biogs alongside information on Sedos, the Bridewell Theatre and Noda itself.

The award was revealed at the NODA London Festival Weekend on 24 June, where we were also highly commended for the Dumayne Warne Trophy for Poster Design for Frankenstein, which had a design by Stephen Beeny.

Congratulations one and all!

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SEDOS WINS FIVE NODA DISTRICT AWARDS

We're delighted to let you know that Sedos is the district winner of no less than five NODA Awards this year!

Best Musical: The Drowsy Chaperone

Best Male in a Musical: Alex Baker as Man In Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone

Best Female in a Musical: Corin Pinky Miller as Janet van de Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone

Best Play: The Nether

Best Male in a Play: Jonathon Cooper as the Creature in Frankenstein

Frankenstein has also been shortlisted for the regional programme/poster award.

The regional results are announced on 24 June at the NODA London Festival Weekend.

Congratulations to all involved in these shows.

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SEDOS AGM 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined for the 2018 Sedos AGM. It was great to welcome so many people to an informative and fun evening, where members found out more about the society's activities over the past year (see the summary below) and learnt more about our plans for the future - including a tease of a brand new website and ticketing service!

We're also delighted to report that the proposal that all of the current Trustees remain in post until the 2019 AGM was formally agreed. The Management Committee have all also agreed to remain members of the Committee for the coming year.

Summary of the 2018 Sedos AGM, including details of the Report from the Trustees and the Report from the Chair of the Management Committee


Report from the Trustees — Alex Baker, on behalf of Chris de Pury, Chair of Trustees

Alex referred the meeting to the written Report from the Trustees included with the Agenda.

Alex noted:

  • The Trustees have met more times during this first year of their existence than one would expect during a period of stability, as well as having a strategy day in order to get the Trustees’ operating rhythm underway and stabilise the new operating structure.
  • That there had been a lot of admin to do with the structural change of the society.
  • Part of the reason for making that change was having more capacity to do things such as look at our reserves, our overall long-term strategy, our relationship with the Bridewell and ensuring best practice governance.
  • A number of sub-committees have been established — obviously starting with the Management Committee so the society can continue to run including finance and administration.

Alex concluded by emphasising the Trustees’ commitment to transparency, which means all meeting minutes are uploaded on the society’s website, a commitment that the Management Committee also follows.


Report from the Chair of the Management Committee — Matt Gould

Matt began by reflecting that not only are we very proud of our shows in 2017, but overall they made a profit! He noted that whilst a couple of shows made a slight loss, they had been budgeted to do so and actually lost less money than expected.

Matt noted that:

  • Overall the season made a healthy profit. The society also is very lucky to be financially secure with considerable reserves.
  • We’re delighted to have spent some of the legacy left to the society by our former President, Jeremy Lewis, on the amazing costumes for Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Jeremy wanted his legacy to be seen on stage, and this provided a perfect opportunity.
  • Over 5,000 tickets were sold to Sedos shows in 2017 across 56 performances.
  • An example of the way that people really go over and above and their dedication:  Matt cited sound designer Adrian Jeakins letting make-up designer Alice Batten-Jacobs and actor Jonathan Cooper into his flat early each evening to start the make-up for Frankenstein as an example of the commitment people put into Sedos.

Matt also emphasised the variety of Sedos shows — from small intimate shows such as Ordinary Days to difficult subjects such as paedophilia tackled in The Nether, a restoration comedy this year in The Rivals, which we haven’t done for ages. Little Women was a show the team had wanted to do for ages; The Drowsy Chaperone was a wonderful show which showed off all of our capabilities and really gave our audience a good time; the updating of The Accrington Pals showed the inventiveness of our creative teams and Frankenstein pulled out the technical stops and had amazing make-up!

As well as the time given around shows, Matt reflected on how amazing it is that so many members put such time into things like looking after our space at BHG and the ongoing admin of the society.  This year in particular there has been a lot going on in governance and the work involved in changing our charitable set-up, as well as in areas such as health and safety and the new website and box office.

Matt concluded by thanking everyone who contributed to the “fantastic” 2017 season and mentioning our ongoing desire to ensure we are safeguarding the future of Sedos.

He said: “The Trustees were discussing why they became a Trustee and one said when he came to London he didn’t know anyone. He did a few shows, had fantastic time and created many long-lasting friendships. He wanted to make sure the next generation has the same experience in London that he had, which seems the perfect reason for wanting to be a Trustee.”


New website and box office system

Attendees were treated to a demo of the new website, which met with widespread approval. The provider has also been chosen for our new box office — in time, the new system will allow us to make changes such as offering numbered seating, as well as improving in areas such as marketing and audience experience. Big thanks to all who have contributed to this, but particularly to Stephen Beeny, who chairs the new website and box office group and Oliver Levett, who is designing the website.


Highlights of the year from attendees at the AGM

Those attending the AGM were also asked to note down their year’s highlight, which included: Frankenstein’s tech, make-up and the Creature coming to Life; the Priscilla costumes, particularly the gay cactus, the drag queens and the sell-out audiences; The Drowsy Chaperone; pulling off the Ordinary Days/The Nether combo with minor stress; costumes and vocals on Little Women; The Accrington Pals’ madness; The Nether’s darkness and finally, the Christmas do!

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SEDOS SHOWS NAMED BEST OF 2017

We start the new year with some fantastic news. Not one, but two of our productions have been hailed as the best theatre of 2017!

Terry Eastham, from LondonTheatre1.com, picked our recent production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert as his top pick of 2017, while Musical Theatre Musings named summer musical Little Women their Best Amateur Production of the year. This is fantastic news and the perfect way to start 2018. Congratulations to all involved.

http://musicaltheatremusings.co.uk/2017-roundup

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/191413/top-shows-of-2017-london-reviewers/

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SEDOS NEEDS YOU

We still have some key gaps in some of our production teams for our 2018 season. In particular we are looking for producers and costume designers/co-ordinators as well as stage managers and lighting/sound designers.

If you'd like to get more involved and think you can assist with helping us getting our productions on, please email Becky Chisholm, chair of the production group: becky@sedos.co.uk


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THE RESULTS ARE IN

Historic day as new operating structure, Trustees and Management Committee officially announced.

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for our very special Election Night EGM / Election Night Drinks evening - what a night! We had a lot of fun welcoming in the new Sedos operating structure and officially announcing the new Sedos Trustees and Management Committee - congratulations! It was a real historic day, and one that we enjoyed celebrating in the bar afterwards with a few drinks, political debates (we couldn't resist!) and Sedos chats. Sadly the musical swing-o-meter didn't materialise....

We would like to thank our outgoing Chair, Dawn Harrison-Wallace, for all her hard work over the past two years, but she's not gone far and has joined the Trustees. We also want to thank the outgoing committee members for their commitment and hard work: Sylvia Finnimore, Michael Smith, Bob Stanex (who's also joined the Trustees) and Vaughan Watts.

The new Sedos Trustees are:

Alex Baker
Tom Brennan
Dawn Harrison-Wallace
Simon Hill
Angus Jacobs
Rebecca Kendal
Helen Lowe
Charlotte Price
Chris de Pury
Bob Stanex
Craig Topp

The new Sedos Management Committee are:

Kim Barker
Stephen Beeny
Becky Chisholm
Lizzie Drapper
Tim Garrad
Matt Gould (Chair)
Andy Hind
Debs Lean
Olly Levett
Steve King
Ryan Macaulay

If you'd like to contact the committee please email committee@sedos.co.uk

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SEDOS WINS TWO NODA LONDON AWARDS

We're delighted to announce that Sedos won two major awards at last Sunday's 2017 NODA London Awards at the Radlett Centre.

The District 1 Flame Award was given to our "excellent" production of Candide, with the judges noting that the show was " both entertaining and a challenge for the performers...and a fine example of the current and growing standard community theatre currently enjoys."

Immersive theatre production Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On won the Innovation Award and the judges acknowledged the production's "outstanding attention to detail whilst creating inspiring and imaginative settings within a challenging alternative venue pushing the boundaries of conventional theatre concepts."

Congratulations to everyone involved; we're very proud of you all.


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SEDOS EGM - THURSDAY 8 JUNE 2017

Following the successful AGM on 25th April and the agreement by the Members to the proposed new operating structure, the Committee would like to invite all Members to an EGM at 7pm on 8th June at the St Brides’ Institute.

Click here for the Agenda for the meeting and details of those standing for election.

We are delighted that a fantastic selection of Members have put themselves forward to be Trustees and Members of the Management Committee under the new structure. Given the numbers standing, we will be proposing that all nominees for Trustees and Management Committee are elected.

Eleven Members have specifically put themselves forward as Trustees. As well as a couple of current Committee Members, a number of former Committee Members have also put themselves forward as well as other Members with a fantastic range of talent and experience.

Click here for the Trustees’ manifestos.

The original plan was to have 8 Trustees (elected and co-opted), but given the qualities of the people who have put themselves forward, and given that we are moving a little bit into an unknown world or a new structure, the proposal is that rather than holding elections, we should increase the number of Trustees to a maximum of 12 (including the Chair of the Management Committee). The Members will be asked to confirm that change at the EGM as well as ratifying the election of all of the individuals set out. Note, as well as electing nine trustees, we will be proposing that Dawn Harrison-Wallace and Bob Stanex, current Committee Members, are co-opted as Trustees to provide continuity between the current Committee and the new Trustees.

Click here for the draft amended constitution.

Eleven Members have put themselves forward to serve on the Management Committee – which is in line with the number set out in the agreed Terms of Reference. As such, we will not need to hold an election but will ask the Members to ratify the appointment of the entire group.

Click here for the manifestos of those members who have put themselves forward to join the Management Committee.

Following formalities which we expect to take less than an hour, we plan to retire to the Harrow to discuss elections generally! Please do join us, even if you are unable to make the EGM itself.

Those standing for election:

Trustees

Alex Baker
Tom Brennan
Dawn Harrison-Wallace
Simon Hill
Angus Jacobs
Rebecca Kendal
Helen Lowe
Charlotte Price
Chris de Pury
Bob Stanex
Craig Topp

Management Committee

Kim Barker
Stephen Beeny
Becky Chisholm
Lizzie Drapper
Tim Garrad
Matt Gould (standing as Chair)
Andy Hind
Debs Lean
Olly Levett
Steve King
Ryan Macaulay

WHAT: Election Night EGM
WHEN: Thu 8 June, 7pm for 7.15pm start (then The Harrow from 8pm)
WHERE: Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation (then The Harrow)


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Election Night EGM / Election Night Drinks

Join as we announce the new Sedos Trustees and Management Committee, followed by Election Night drinks

Thursday 8 June is all about voting and elections. Yes, it’s the General Election, but it’s also the Seods EGM and we’ll be making history! While the final votes are cast for our next Prime Minister, we’ll be announcing the new members of the Board of Trustees - the first time we have ever had such positions - the Management Committee and also a new Chairperson for the society. Exciting stuff! Who knows, we may even have a musical swing-o-meter…

To mark the event in true style, we’ve decided to follow the EGM - which should only last an hour - by election night drinks at The Harrow. Elections, drinks and Sedos friends – what’s not to like?

WHAT: Election Night EGM
WHEN: Thu 8 June, 7pm for 7.15pm start (then The Harrow from 8pm)
WHERE: Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation (then The Harrow)

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2017 SEDOS AGM

The 2017 Sedos AGM was held on Tuesday 25 April and we had a great attendance of 23 people. The AGM was an opportunity for the Members present to reflect on 2016 and learn about our future plans.

Sedos performed 10 shows in the year, which was a mammoth undertaking. We took risks in the year – including Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On (awarded the NODA London Innovation Award) – but nevertheless made a profit for the year of £11,000 of which £4,000 came from shows.

Income from shows was just short of £100,000 which was the highest in recent years. We continue to be under-pinned by the effective free use of rehearsal space at Brewer’s Hall Garden, which during the year was extended to 2020.

In addition, we extended our residency at the Bridewell Theatre for a further 5 years.

Click here for the Agenda of the Meeting.

Click here for the Minutes of the Meeting.

Dawn Harrison-Wallace welcomed everyone and gave her Chair’s report for the year which is included in the Minutes.

Matt Gould (in the absence of Steve King, Treasurer) took the Members through the finances. His summary of the finances are included in the Minutes.

Click here for the Society’s 2016 Statement of Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet, Show Sales Statistics and Show’s Profit and Loss for 2016.

Matt also took the Members through the proposed changes to the Society to transform Sedos into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. He also took the Members through the proposed division of responsibilities between a new Trustees body and Management Committee as well as discussing the Committee’s proposals to organise itself better by having more clearly delineated roles and responsibilities.

Click here for Matt’s presentation on the proposed constitutional changes, new operating structure and details of the proposed new committee responsibilities.

Click here for the proposed constitution of the “new” Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Click here for the proposed terms of reference of the new Management Committee.

Click here for the current draft of the roles and responsibilities for Management Committee Members.

The Members voted unanimously to approve the proposed changes.

The text of the agreed resolutions to move to the next stage are set out in the Agenda.

WE ARE NOW CALLING FOR TRUSTEES OF THE “NEW” SOCIETY AND MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

If you would like to stand for election either as a Trustee or to become a Member of the Management Committee, please email committee@sedos.co.uk by Friday 12 May.

We will announce nominees shortly thereafter and confirm the date of an EGM prior to the end of June to move to the new structure.

Positions

The only position to be specifically elected to is the Chairman of the Management Committee.

The Trustees, once elected, will determine a Chair and a Trustee with Financial Responsibility from amongst their number. The Management Committee will determine the roles for each to fulfil from amongst their number.

If you were unable to attend the AGM and have any questions regarding the new constitutional arrangements and set up or indeed anything else that was discussed at the AGM, please speak to any member of the committee or email committee@sedos.co.uk


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SPICK AND SPAN
1BHG has been transformed into a haven of neatness

A huge thank you to everyone who helped with our spring clean of 1BHG last Sunday, your help was much appreciated.

After five hours of work, we're very pleased to report that our storage and rehearsal rooms are now looking very tidy - the sewing room and shoe department in particular have been transformed into a haven of neatness and we're very pleased with the results. Thank you.

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YOUR SEDOS PALS

There was a double helping of Sedos pals last Friday when eight of the 2002 Accrington Pals cast got together to watch the 2017 Sedos production, 15 years after they performed the show in Stratford, in a double bill with Journey's End. There's nothing quite like your Sedos pals!

Want more of the Sedos archive? Take a look online at www.sedos.co.uk/archive/100years.htm


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ANNOUNCING SIMPROV

Workshop Sat 11 Feb. Weekly improv sessions from Fri 17 Feb

Simprov (Sedos-Improv…. see what we did there?) is a weekly drop-in that will launch in February 2017 and is being run by Chris Warner and Alex Magliaro.

Perfect for the complete beginner as well as the hardened improv veteran, sessions will explore the fundamental principles of improv such as making bold choices, character development and finding your ‘game’.

Improv is a great way to build confidence and develop performance skills in a very fun and safe environment.

In May, we will be performing a two-night competitive improv show at the Bridewell, which will see a number of teams competing against each other by playing different improv games. But get this - the winning team is determined by the audience!

On Saturday 11 February, we’ve decided to have a workshop / teaser session so people can come along, have a go, ask questions and have fun. Join us at the 1 BHG from 3pm-6pm. Then, from 17 February, we’ll then start weekly sessions on a Friday night from 7.30pm.

Who’s interested? Sign up to our Facebook group. Not on Facebook? Drop us an email at sedosimprov@gmail.com.

Workshop: Sat 11 February at 1 BHG, 3pm - 6pm
Weekly sessions: Friday evenings at 1 BHG from 17 February

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2017 SEDOS SEASON

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2017 Sedos Season.


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2016/2017 SEDOS COMMITTEE ELECTED

The 2016/2017 Sedos Committee: [L to R] Ryan Macaulay, Lizzie Drapper, Michael Smith, Dawn Harrison-Wallace, Bob Stanex, Steve King, Andy Hind, Kimberly Barker, Matt Gould and Stephen Beeny. Absent from the photo are Sylvia Finnimore and Vaughan Watts.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Sedos AGM on Wednesday 27 April 2016. Following a successful AGM, the 2016/2017 Sedos committee was elected. We would like to thank outgoing committee members Clare Harding, Tracie Laurinaitis and Craig Topp for all their work, and welcome new committee members Ryan and Sylvia to join the rest of the returning members.

The current Sedos committee are:

Dawn Harrison-Wallace (Chairman)
Matt Gould (Secretary)
Steve King (Treasurer)
Kimberly Barker
Stephen Beeny
Lizzie Drapper
Sylvia Finnimore
Andy Hind
Ryan Macaulay
Michael Smith
Bob Stanex
Vaughan Watts

The Sedos committee is currently made up of 12 Sedos members. The committee has the ultimate responsibility for choosing the artistic policy and direction of the society, overseeing the production of all shows, our charitable remit, overseeing venues, rights, sponsorship and fundraising, marketing, PR, socials, membership and more.

To contact the Sedos committee to find out more about joining Sedos, please visit the Contact Us page for more details and we will be happy to get back to you!

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1 BREWERS' HALL GARDEN (FORMERLY KNOWN AS CITY LIBRARY)

If you start to see "1 Brewers' Hall Garden" popping up on Sedos audition notices and the like, don't get confused — it's still the same City Library we know and love. But it's come to our attention that the name City Library is misleading as it's really the 'former' City Library — new auditionees and so on are heading to the current City Business Library!

So we're going to re-name it "1 Brewers' Hall Garden" to avoid confusion. Please help us spread the word!

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NOW YOU CAN JOIN A SEDOS GROUP

The Sedos groups are an integral part of our operating structure and gives members the opportunity to get involved in the society behind the scenes.

While the committee will continue to oversee all the society's activity and take direct responsibility for some areas including finance and season building, the subgroups offer a chance to participate in day-to-day operations in the interests of improving efficiency and quality.

  • Production group - "achieving production excellence".
    This group will oversee the putting on of shows, from maintaining guidelines for production teams to liaising with the Bridewell, and everything in between.

    Co-ordinator: Clare Hardinf (production@sedos.co.uk)

  • Marketing group - "growing our audiences".
    This three-year-old group will continue to advance the society's general marketing and to support show teams to sell tickets.

    Co-ordinators: Stephen Beeny and Pippa Roome (marketing@sedos.co.uk)
  • Membership group - "engaging our membership".
    This group will maintain membership administration, plan activities such as socials and workshops, and build upon member benefits.

    Co-ordinator: Mia Bennett (membership@sedos.co.uk)

  • Sedos ambassadors - "securing our long-term future".
    This group will manage sponsorship and fundraising, create and maintain links with the City and other societies, and work towards Sedos's goals of attaining long-term rehearsal and performance spaces.

    Co-ordinator Dawn Harrison-Wallace (ambassadors@sedos.co.uk)

These groups are ready and eager to welcome your participation, so do email and get involved.

If you are not a member and would like to join, email membership@sedos.co.uk.

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Could Your Company Benefit Sedos?

Did you know that because we are a charity, your employers might be willing to make a donation?

Sedos treasurer Craig Topp recently secured a £500 donation to Sedos through his employers, Lloyds bank.

“There is a a Lloyds Foundation, which is set up for CSR [corporate and social responsibility] purposes — the PLC makes an annual donation to the foundation to support charitable work. The foundation will support any charity you volunteer for to the tune of £5 per hour spent volunteering, up to a maximum of 100 hours per year,” explains Craig.

Sedos will reward you with four free tickets to bring your colleagues along to a 2013 show of your choice if you secure a donation from your company

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Sedos Are Resident At The Bridewell Theatre

The society has kicked off the new year in style with the announcement of a new partnership with the Bridewell Theatre.

Sedos members at the annual Christmas party were the first to hear the exciting news that the society has entered into an agreement with St Bride’s Foundation, owner of the Bridewell Theatre.

Chairman Chris de Pury outlined the terms of the partnership, which will benefit both sides and help secure Sedos’s place as the City’s premier amateur theatre company.

In summary, under the terms of the partnership Sedos has made a donation to the Bridewell of around £90,000, which will be used to upgrade and generally improve the theatre. On the Sedos side we will become the resident theatre company of the Bridewell Theatre and have committed ourselves to the theatre until at least the end of 2016, with the reciprocal part of the deal being use of the theatre rent-free for a significantly increased number of weeks (see below).

Not only will this arrangement lead to a better theatre for Sedos productions and others at the Bridewell, there are also great benefits for the society in terms of reciprocal advertising, the status of being the resident theatre company at a top off-West End venue and having “officially” a home from which to launch other exciting theatrical initiatives.

Sedos has long regarded the Bridewell — the 130-seat theatre just off Fleet Street where the majority of our season takes place — as its performance home and this arrangement formalises that.

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Venues Map

Not sure exactly where our rehearsals and events take place? Then check out our new Venues Map, which has a list of places of interest for members and friends of Sedos. The list includes theatres, rehearsal rooms, drinking establishments and details of our new home, Ocean House.

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